Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Practical training is defined as work experience in the student’s major field of study that can be conducted off-campus. Two types of practical training are available to international students: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training.
What is CPT?
Curricular Practice Training (CPT) is a temporary employment authorization that allows F-1 students to engage in an off campus academic internships or employment that is a required or an integral part of their academic curriculum.
- Occurs before the student’s program end date on the Form I-20
- Authorization is for one specific employer and for a specific period of time
- Student must secure the training opportunity before CPT can be authorized
- Part-time: up to 20 hours per week during the academic year (Fall and Spring)
- Full-time: more than 20 hours or more per week (only available during Summer or Winter)
- One year of full-time CPT eliminates a student’s eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT)
To be eligible to apply for CPT, students must:
- Be in valid F-1 status
- Have been lawfully enrolled full-time for at least one full academic year or will complete one year within 90 days of applying
- Have secured an internship offer directly related to the major field of study
- Is not studying English as a second language
- Be enrolled in a major course that requires field work or an internship course (BUS 070A or BUS 070B)
- BUS 070A: Paid Internships
- BUS 070B: Unpaid Internships
How to Apply to CPT:
Secure the internship and obtain the job offer letter
- Need help? Speak with an Internship/Wk Based Learning Staff at the Freeman Center for Career and Completion. You may contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete and submit the internship appointment information form.
- The job offer letter should be in the company’s letter head and include the following information: employment start and end date, indicate whether the training is full-time or part-time, whether the training is paid or unpaid, employer’s name, employer’s address, immediate supervisor’s contact information and explanation of duties.
Enroll in a major related course that requires field work or
Enroll in the internship course, approved by Dr. Kimberly J. Shediak. You may contact Dr. Shediak by email at email@example.com once you have secured the internship.
- Provide the following information in your email: Job offer letter (see above for job offer letter requirements)
- Request to enroll in an internship class
- If the instructor approves the internship, you will be cleared to register for the right internship class (BUS 070A or BUS070B)
You will receive an email once your CPT I-20 is ready.
- Be sure to sign and date your CPT I-20
- You will receive additional instructions on how to apply for a Social Security Number from an Educational Advisor
- If any details of your CPT change, please notify the ISC Advisor, so that we may update your CPT accordingly
Responsibilities While on CPT:
- CPT is only approved for the duration of the class
- A new authorization is required each session/semester
- Students cannot begin working until AFTER they have received CPT approval from ISC Advisor
- Follow the rules of the CPT authorization; do not work outside of the start and end dates or for another company
- Continue to maintain full time enrollment, unless approved for reduced course load
- Report any changes in name, address, employer and loss of employment to ISC within 10 days of any change